On Wednesday evening April 12, author Terry Tempest Williams was features as part of the Thematic Learning Initiative on her award winning book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks. This learning circle of about 40 people was held at the Orfalea Foundation Downtown Center in Santa Barbara. Attendees were affiliated with The Audubon Society, Los Padres Forest Watch, the Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council, Channel Islands National park and the Sierra Club.
Terry is an author concerned with an ethical stance toward life including freedom of speech, environmental issues, and justice. During her talk, Terry described how she grew up focused on a single cause, and how it is now interactively connected with multiple issues. She also described how she hoped to bring others into the national conversation, such as young people who are responsive to acting on these topics. Attendees at her book discussion enjoyed asking a range of questions, and Terry responded about "finding your act in life and it will find you."
Key audience take-aways that Terry emphasized were ways to truly listen, and encouraging the audience to be curious, and finding true joy in nature. Attendees walked away from the Q&A feeling inspired to be: Awake. Alive. and Alert.